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Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne – The Stories Behind The Songs (Paul Elliott and Carol Clerk) – Carlton Publishing

Something a bit different this time round, with a 160 page, lavish A4 hardbound book, weighing in at over 60,000 words and around 125 high quality photographs covering the following albums on a track by track basis: * Black Sabbath… Continue Reading →

Non Serviam The Official Story Of Rotting Christ – Sakis Tolis & Dayal Patterson (Cult Never Dies)

If you are on this site and playing a word association game “Greece” will no doubt be swiftly followed by thoughts of Rotting Christ as much as package holidays. Without doubt, with over three decades of history behind the much… Continue Reading →

The Y2K Diary Of Cleo Howard – Sarah Tipper (Self Published)

Sarah Tipper is a writer with a fine heavy metal obsession and a strange habit of feeding snacks to her Motorhead Snaggletooth poster. I mention the latter because Snaggletooth’s diet isn’t too far from this book’s eponymous heroine and I… Continue Reading →

Interview – Mortiis

  To coincide with the release of the new version of his Secrets Of My Kingdom book, Ave Noctum had the chance to catch a few words with Håvard Ellefsen, aka Mortiis himself, and asked about Era 1, revisiting old… Continue Reading →

Mortiis (with Dayal Patterson) Secrets Of My Kingdom (Return To Dimensions Unknown) (Cult Never Dies)

Sometime in the mid-1990s the original of this book was released almost grudgingly by Mortiis’ then record company, and in a highly limited edition. This of course meant that it has been trading for well into three figures for decades,… Continue Reading →

Ultimate Darkness Zine Anthology 1995-2017 (Cult Never Dies)

If you have a fascination for old metal fanzines this will certainly hit the spot. It’s an absolutely packed read which although only 228 pages, which might not sound a lot, is so densely crammed with information and interviews (in… Continue Reading →

Scott Ian – Access All Areas; Hard Rock Road Stories (De Capo Press)

You should know who Scott Ian is, if you don’t then just click back on your browser and read a different article on this lovely website… Or maybe google/youtube him and educate yourself. For those who are more knowledgeable, please… Continue Reading →

Ultra Damaged: Damaged Inc. Zine Anthology 1985-2017 – Maniac (Cult Never Dies)

“Wanna buy a fanzine mate?” Ah those desperate calls for beer money at gigs have long gone. No more hawking wares with names like Organ, Dog, P’tahk, Satellite and err Kentucky Fried Afterbirth. The Internet has taken over and the… Continue Reading →

Doom Metal Lexicanum – Aleksey Evdokimov (Cult Never Dies)

I’ll start out here by saying this is some book. A suitably hefty tome and no mistake, wrapped in another marvellous cover by artist David Thiérrée (a print of which is also available from the publisher for a modest add-on… Continue Reading →

Unchained Melody: The Films Of Meiko Kaji – Tom Mes (Arrow)

I am sure I am not alone but after watching the film and all the extras I always read the booklet that goes with them before putting back on the shelf. Not all Blu-Ray companies bother with these but Arrow… Continue Reading →

Owls, Trolls & Dead Kings’ Skulls: The Art Of David Thiérrée David Thierree with Dayal Patterson (Cult Never Dies Publishing)

If you go to your favourite official download site, or wander around the CD racks if you still do, you’d assume that the art of the album cover has been mostly lost and what little remains is predominantly generic Photoshop… Continue Reading →

Damn The Machine: The Story Of Noise Records by David E Gehlke (Deliberation Press)

The year was 1988. And for the past 12 months a large portion of my purchases had been from the catalogue of just one record label: Noise International. I’d realised that I could pick up all the more mainstream metal… Continue Reading →

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